Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy both lost their opening-round matches in eight-man, match play field in the World Golf Finals in Turkey.The hope was that they would breeze through the field and meet in the ultimate head-to-head encounter for the $1.3 million first-place money. They will meet, but it will be on Wednesday with a lot less money at stake.Didn’t happen. Matt Kuchar easily handled McIlroy by six shots, while Woods fell to South African Charl Schwartzel by one shot at the Sultan course in Antalya.In the other group of the medal match-play format, a sort of continuation of the European dominance in the Ryder Cup took place. Lee Westwood beat American beat Webb Simpson by one shot and Justin Rose handled Hunter Mahan by four strokes.McIlroy and Woods – ranked No. 1 and No. 2 – face each other Wednesday in the last of their three group matches, but both could already be eliminated by then. The top two in each group will advance to the semifinals.In Wednesday’s morning matches, McIlroy will face Schwartzel and Woods will play Kuchar.Woods and Schwartzel were all-square going to the 18th when the American went into a greenside bunker and finished with a bogey.“It came right down to the wire, but I can’t believe how far that second shot flew into the back bunker and that was the match,” Woods said. “It means now that I have to play ‘Kooch’ and try and win that match before facing Rory in the afternoon.”McIlroy unraveled against Kuchar with a triple bogey at the 15th hole and double bogeys at 16 and 17.”I hit a drive into the trees on 15 and lost a bit of confidence,” McIlroy said. ”I need to win both of my matches tomorrow if I am to advance. I just struggled for a bit of motivation out there, so I need to go out and concentrate on both of my matches tomorrow.”Kuchar, after taking a bogey at the first, birdied the next two holes and was never behind.”I just thought I had to play mistake-free, and hopefully Rory wouldn’t get too hot,” the American said. ”There we are all-square with four to go, he hits it right and makes triple bogey, and I go three up with three to go and I think both of us lost a little interest at that point.”The event allows players to wear shorts, and Westwood, Schwartzel, Mahan and Kuchar chose to do so. All but Mahan won their matches. Westwood wore a red shirt and white shorts in tribute to his favorite soccer club, Nottingham Forest.Kuchar said he was happy to wear shorts again. He spent the week after the Ryder Cup loss to the European with his family in Greece.”Being able to come to an event like this that is a little more relaxed is just great to be able to throw shorts on,” he said.
13Stanford def. Notre Dame43.435.7+7.7 13Auburn def. Alabama37.732.3+5.3 PENN STATE WIN % BY OUTCOME 11Rutgers99.996.3+3.6 10Michigan State99.4%79.2%+20.1 Which of Penn State’s games holds the most weight?PSU’s remaining 2017 matchups by the impact they have on the team’s playoff chances 10NC State def. Clemson41.530.6+10.9 WKOPPONENTMAKES PLAYOFFDOESN’T MAKE PLAYOFFDIFF. 11Miami (FL) def. Notre Dame42.035.2+6.8 13Michigan def. Ohio State35.419.2+16.3 WKRESULTMAKES PLAYOFFDOESN’T MAKE PLAYOFFDIFF. PROBABILITY BY PENN STATE OUTCOME Where they need help: As if losing to the Buckeyes wasn’t enough, Penn State fans now need to keep a close eye on every Ohio State game from here out. Because the teams share a division and because OSU now holds a head-to-head tiebreaker over Penn State, Ohio State will need to lose twice in conference play to give PSU a shot at winning the East. That’s not very likely; our model gives Ohio State a 44 percent chance of winning every remaining regular-season game, much less winning at least three of four. But OSU’s best chances to lose will come in its games at Iowa this weekend and at Michigan on Nov. 25, so those are also Penn State’s highest-leverage games left in the season (aside from the Lions’ own matchup against Michigan State on Saturday). The other games that need to go right for the Nittany LionsNon-Penn State matchups that have the biggest impact on the team’s playoff chances Each week in this space, we examine all the things a certain contending team needs to have happen in order for it to make the College Football Playoff. This week, we look at the Penn State Nittany Lions, who suffered their first loss of the season Saturday after a fourth-quarter collapse on the road against Ohio State.Current situation: Undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the country, Penn State had a clear playoff path laid out in front of it — provided it could beat the Buckeyes, that is, in what was the program’s biggest game since the late 1990s. The Nittany Lions scored on the game’s first play and held control for three quarters, but Ohio State kept chipping away at PSU’s lead late, capping off a 19-3 fourth-quarter run with a go-ahead touchdown pass from which Penn State never recovered. Now ranked seventh in the first edition of the CFP committee rankings, the Lions have only a 14 percent chance of making the playoff, according to the FiveThirtyEight model.What the Lions can do: Because the loss came relatively late in the season, it left Penn State without much time to rebuild its playoff status. Even if the Lions win the rest of their games, our model gives them only a 20 percent chance of making the playoff. One important factor driving that number is a lack of opportunities for another signature win down the season’s final stretch: According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Penn State’s future strength of schedule ranks just 67th in the country — easily the worst among the top 15 teams in the country by FPI. The only ranked team remaining on Penn State’s schedule (assuming it doesn’t go to the Big Ten championship) is Michigan State — and if PSU beats Michigan State, the Spartans will surely lose their ranking, which is currently only No. 24. With this weak slate of remaining games, it will be difficult for the Lions to impress the committee solely with their performance on the field before season’s end.Even so, here are the most important games left in the regular season for Penn State, based on the biggest difference in winning percentages between our simulations where the Lions make the playoff and ones where they don’t: Differences may not add up because of rounding. 11Michigan State def. Ohio State16.17.0+9.1 10Iowa def. Ohio State34.1%12.7%+21.5 Of course, it’s also possible that the committee could slot in both Penn State and Ohio State come selection day. (In 28 percent of simulations where the Lions make the CFP, the Buckeyes are also in, making OSU Penn State’s fourth-most-likely playoff “companion” behind Alabama, Georgia and Clemson.) But the chance of two Big Ten teams making the playoff is pretty remote; our model gives it an 8.3 percent probability of happening, mainly because it would require some major shakeups elsewhere in the country — most likely losses by Clemson, Washington, Notre Dame and/or one of the Big 12 front-runners — to clear space. And although the most common combination among those multiple-Big Ten-playoff-team universes features Penn State and Ohio State making the playoff together (47 percent of the times that two Big Ten teams make it), our model assigns a 27 percent chance to a scenario where Ohio State and Wisconsin are the Big Ten picks, and the Nittany Lions are left out.1And in 22 of our 20,000 simulations — or 0.1 percent of the time — three Big Ten teams somehow make the playoff.But maybe that’s also an area where the model doesn’t have enough information yet. If Wisconsin and OSU are on a collision course in the Big Ten championship (and they appear to be), then those Badger-Buckeye universes would mean that the committee selected a conference title-game loser for a playoff spot. That may not be very realistic: In 12 chances over three seasons, only once — Ohio State in 2016 — did the real-life committee pick a team that didn’t win its conference (and those Buckeyes didn’t lose their championship game but rather missed it entirely on a tiebreaker).That should give Penn State hope that its current odds are being slightly understated by our model — that if they just keep winning and get a little lucky, the Lions could slip in as a second Big Ten playoff bid at the very least. Then again, if college football’s playoff era has proven nothing else, it’s that the committee might do something we’ve never seen before. We’ll see whether that works in Penn State’s favor or not.Check out our latest college football predictions. Also, see what it will take for Notre Dame, Clemson, Washington and Oklahoma to still make the playoff. 13Georgia Tech def. Georgia29.522.9+6.6 13South Carolina def. Clemson27.521.2+6.3 13Maryland99.688.8+10.8 12Nebraska99.892.4+7.4 Based on two sets of simulations: one where the team makes the playoff and one where it doesn’t. Differences may not add up exactly because of rounding. 11Stanford def. Washington46.440.7+5.7
TCI NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING Recommended for you TCI REPRESENTED BY EIGHT ATHLETES AT NACAC GAMES IN TRINIDAD MINISTRY OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES 2017 INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Bahamas Department of Labour will launch an upgrade to its local Skills Bank portal, PCRecruiter, on July 21, 2017 to enhance employee placement services. The recruiting and staffing software was first introduced in 2006. However an update and re-launch of this integral tool in the department’s recruitment process is underway.The upgrade is a component of the Ministry of National Security’s “Citizen Security and Justice” Initiative facilitated by a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).With levels of unemployment being a matter of national concern, the Department continues to respond to the needs of those job seekers and employers alike through this online data portal that populates data and accordingly matches candidates for suitable available job opportunities.Mrs. Patrenda D. Russell-Brice, Deputy Director of Labour describes this upgrade as “exciting times at the Department.” She emphasized her continued passion for seeing Bahamian job seekers benefit from the opportunity to be employed in roles they qualify for and desire. She stated, “it’s been a long time coming and I am pleased about the upcoming training and launch of the upgraded PCRecruiter system. It is a successful tool for job seekers as well as employers who seek to fill vacancies with suitable Bahamians.”The effectiveness of the system hinges on registration of job seekers as well as registration of employers with job opportunities they wish to fill. The inventory of available jobs will be easily accessible once employers enter their job vacancies in the skills bank.For employers already enrolled – the process requires their signing in and editing their registration information.For employers across The Bahamas who have not yet registered, they are all encouraged to do so by logging intoskillsbank.bahamas.gov.bs where they can create or edit job vacancies, view interviews from job seekers, or browse the database of job seekers.Job seekers must also register in the online skills bank; thereafter they will be able to view job vacancies, post resumes, enquire about jobs, and update their accounts and resumes periodically. Employed individuals wishing to explore options are encouraged to register their skills and qualifications into the skills database system. Similarly, students or citizens residing abroad who are desirous of returning home and wish to secure employment options in advance are encouraged to register.Director of Labour, Mr. A. Robert Farquharson shared that high schools and other local institutions of higher education such as the University of The Bahamas can look forward to teams from the department’s Public Employment Services Unit scheduling tours and visits to their campuses in order to encourage students preparing to enter the work force to register with the skills bank.Individuals who prefer to come in person to register for the PCRecruiter database may visit any Department of Labour sub-office in New Providence or the Family Islands. New Providence locations include Rosetta Street, Robinson Road and Carmichael Road. Family Island locations include Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Abaco, Exuma, Andros and Bimini.There are no fees associated with the service.For more information on The Bahamas Department of Labour, visit http://www.bahamas.gov.bs/labourThe Bahamas’ Department of Labour is a division of the Ministry of Labour and has responsibility for fostering good industrial relations between employees and employers, while promoting a high level of employment, productivity, human rights and the Decent Work Agenda in accordance with international standards for all citizens and residents of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.Units within the Department include Industrial Relations (Conciliations), Public Employment Services (Employment Exchange) and the Inspectorate (Occupational Health and Safety).The Bahamas Department of Labour, located on Rosetta Street, facilitates Employment Assistance Services, Employee Placement Services, Formation and Registration of Trade Unions, Reports of Trade Disputes, Registration for Employment, Maritime, Registration of Industrial Agreements and Occupational Health and Safety.There are also two New Providence sub-offices located on Robinson Road and Carmichael Road. Family Island locations include Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Abaco, Exuma, Andros and Bimini.#MagneticMediaNews#PressRelease Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #MinistryOfLabour, #PressRelease
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WILMINGTON, MA — At last week’s Wilmington School Committee Meeting, Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand announced that the district’s special education services will be evaluated by a third-party entity, Walker Consulting at the Walker Trieschman Institute.“[The Walker Trieschman Institute] is committed to improving outcomes for children and adolescents with disabilities by supporting the effectiveness and efficiency of services and settings in schools…,” explained Brand. “Under a structured approach, Walker Consultants will collaborate with our district to tailor their approach to our particular context and implement their data collection and analysis activities in a manner that is both respectful and fair.”“Walker Consulting will engage with students, staff, administrators, and families in data collection activities that include document reviews, observations, individual and group interviews, and surveys,” continued Brand. “The Consultants will analyze both quantitative and qualitative data in the development of their findings, perspective and recommendations.”The evaluation is expected to take begin around March 1 and be completed in mid-May.The final report will be made available to the public and its results will be presented at a future School Committee meeting.Alice Brown-LeGrand, the district’s Director of Student Support Services, selected Walker Consulting, in part, due to its recent evaluations of the Attleboro Public Schools, Watertown Public Schools, and Georgetown Public Schools. Walker Consulting is currently working with the school districts of Fall River and Wareham.The district is obligated to conduct a third-party evaluation after its completion of the state’s Coordinated Program Review.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSuperintendent Reorganizes Student Support Services Department; Special Education & Nursing Depts. To BenefitIn “Education”NEW ROLES FOR 3 FAMILIAR EDUCATORS: Shelia Burke, Leanne Ebert & Kevin Welch Named To Leadership PositionsIn “Education”Superintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”
Should you be worried?It’s hard to say. Patients have reported vaping products that contain a variety of substances, including nicotine and THC, as well as using do-it-yourself “home brews,” finds the Washington Post. At this time, health officials are unsure whether the lung issues stem from the e-cigarette devices or one or more ingredients commonly found in vape juice. “While some cases in each of the states are similar and appear to be linked to e-cigarette product use, more information is needed to determine what is causing the illnesses,” says the CDC. At least one Wisconsin man who was hospitalized had purchased tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) oil on the street, according to news reports. Canva The American Vaping Association is skeptical that traditional vape products are at fault. “With approximately 10 million adults vaping nicotine each month without major issue, it appears much more likely that the products causing lung damage contain THC or illegal drugs, not nicotine,” an AVA spokesperson told CBS News.But health experts like Anne Griffiths, MD, a pediatric lung specialist who saw all four of the reported cases in Minnesota, aren’t so sure. “My sense is this isn’t new,” she told the Associated Press. “It’s new that we’re recognizing it. I really do think the primary cause of these illnesses is what’s been inhaled.”Currently, no one device or cartridge is associated with the reported cases of lung disease. When estimating the scope of the problem, health officials are only counting certain lung illnesses in which the person reports having vaped within three months. Most of the illnesses under investigation involve teens and young adults, a population in which e-cigarette use has skyrocketed: 78% among high school students and 49% among middle school students between 2017 and 2018, according to the CDC. As of 2018, more than 3.6 million U.S. youth, including 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students, report using e-cigarettes. The suspected link to vaping is more bad news for an industry that’s already under fire for targeting teens. In an email to Reuters, industry-leader Juul Labs said, “Like any health-related events reportedly associated with the use of vapor products, we are monitoring these reports.” As the investigation progresses, the CDC is asking clinicians to report possible cases of unexplained vaping-related pulmonary illness to their state or local health department. And in a statement last week, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm strongly urged “people to avoid vaping products and e-cigarettes. Anyone — especially young people who have recently vaped — experiencing unexplained breathing problems should see a doctor.”Read more: Why vaping could give you cavitiesWhat we know about vaping and respiratory healthE-cigarettes have only been available in the US for a little over a decade and, during that time, have gone largely unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration. As a result, there’s a huge amount of variability in the market. Together, these two things make it difficult to draw definitive conclusions about the respiratory effects of vaping. That said, here’s what we know so far: E-cigarette aerosol generally contains fewer toxic chemicals than tobacco cigarettes and are considered safer in many respects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But vaping is not without respiratory risks — especially in people who have no prior history of smoking. When the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine analyzed all the available research on the public health consequences of e-cigarettes — more than 800 peer-reviewed studies — it concluded that, “studies examining the long-term effects of e-cigarettes on the development of chronic respiratory symptoms are completely lacking due to the newness of the product.” The jury is still out on whether vaping causes lung disease, but early research points to potential other problems. Canva However, it did find “conclusive evidence that in addition to nicotine, most e-cigarette products contain and emit numerous potentially toxic substances” like acetaldehyde, acrolein, diacetyl and formaldehyde, which have all been linked to lung disease. And that exposing lungs to these substances could potentially damage the respiratory system or worsen pre-existing lung disease. Although NASEM was unable to identify any research on whether or not vaping causes respiratory diseases, it did find moderate evidence of a link between vaping and increased coughing and wheezing in teens, as well as an increase in asthma exacerbations.Bottom line: There are still a lot of unknowns, but preliminary research — and the lack of federal oversight — has health organizations like the American Lung Association concerned. “The e-cigarettes currently in the US marketplace have not been systemically reviewed by the FDA to determine their impact on lung health,” the ALA says. “While much remains to be determined about the lasting health consequences of these products, the ALA is very troubled by the evolving evidence about the impact of e-cigarettes on the lungs.”Read more: How to quit Juuling, according to addiction experts The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives. 2:19 How food dye could help create 3D-printed lungs At least 24 people have been hospitalized with vaping-related respiratory issues since July — many of them young adults. Canva Health concerns over vaping intensify after state and federal health officials report that 153 people — many of them young adults — across 16 states have been treated for suspected vaping-related respiratory issues. Most of the patients admitted to a hospital have reported similar symptoms, including coughing, shortness of breath and fatigue that worsened over time. Some patients also reportedly experienced fever, chest pain, nausea and diarrhea. (The FDA is also investigating 120-plus reports of seizures after vaping. Check out this timeline of recent Juul and vaping controversies.)In Minnesota, some of these individuals had to be hospitalized for multiple weeks, including stints in the intensive care unit. An 18-year-old man in Florida suffered a collapsed lung after vaping. One Wisconsin man in his 20s even had to be placed in a medically induced coma. It’s unclear at this time whether all patients will fully recover.In a statement issued over the weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that officials are working with the departments of health in California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin to investigate these “severe” pulmonary illnesses. Additional states have notified the CDC of more possible cases and investigations are ongoing. According to the CDC, says “there is no conclusive evidence that an infectious disease is causing the illnesses.”Read more: Why vaping is so addictive, according to doctors Wellness Now playing: Watch this: 2 Tags Comments Share your voice
Listen X 00:00 /17:57 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Last month, a pedestrian died when struck by a self-driving Uber SUV in Arizona. It was the first such death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle.The car, a Volvo, was in self-driving mode, but had a human backup driver ready at the wheel. The driver says he first saw 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg when the vehicle struck her. She was walking a bicycle outside the lines of a crosswalk. Authorities have not determined fault in the incident.As autonomous vehicle technology continues to develop and grow in use, this is the sort of scenario that’s long had legal and consumer advocates spooked. So, who’s at fault when a driverless car hurts someone? And how can we minimize such accidents in the first place?First, Dr. Swaminathan Gopalswamy of Texas A&M University explains how autonomous vehicles work and details their safety features.Then, William Kohler, an attorney from the Detroit-based Dykema law firm, and Nic Philips of Ideal Electric discuss the potential for autonomous vehicles taking hold in any significant way in the foreseeable future here in Greater Houston — and whether an accident like this might slow the pursuit of driverless cars. Cars back up during afternoon weekday traffic on southbound Interstate 45 in Houston north of downtown. Share
The term sustainable growth is an oxymoron. The connotations of growth are essentially and characteristically in contradiction with those of sustainability.Historically, all economic growth has come at the cost of environmental as well as social developments, which contradicts the fundamentals of sustainability. Businesses and governments have been so overly focused towards growth that parameters like GDP, revenue and profit have become generally accepted yardsticks to determine if an institution has been a success or a failure. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceMore and more governments today are making some conscious efforts to make necessary shifts towards sustainability, thanks to the myriad perils of accelerated growth coming to the fore. However, the results have been slow to come by and often inadequate. Be it achieving goals of carbon emission reduction or the provisioning of night shelters for the urban homeless, there continues to be a lurching shortage. Why?Arguably, the goals are staggering and the resources required are hardly enough. However, we also considered enough that our idea of sustainability may be fundamentally flawed? Even worse, it may be distorted – the overarching dominance of growth in our thought process being the obvious culprit. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeThe whole notion of growth revolves around creating surplus for targeted beneficiaries – be they individuals, companies or governments. And any creation of surplus in one place is likely to create shortages in some other place. If thriving economies have been firing their growth engines supplied by fossil fuels, we know that ecosystems world over have suffered. Growth and sustainability do not go hand in hand. When growth is set to be a goal, sustainability cannot be expected as an outcome. So governments that truly aspire for sustainability will probably need to find ways to stop making growth-focused plans for economy and instead work to put sustainability parameters at the core of each activity that they conduct. I personally have no idea whether dismantling the planning commission, a primary axis for driving economic growth for decades, has been done with a sustainability agenda as an alternative. However, there indeed lies an opportunity for the government to do so and make the necessary corrections.Does technology have a role to play in making the necessary correction?Technologies in general and IT in particular have been leveraged as key catalysts of growth, so much so that we have got ourselves pushed to the verge of sustainability limits in a matter of few decades. Can these technologies also be applied to give a fillip to sustainability-driven governments and societies? Indeed. Technologies after all are means to an end and not an end in themselves.Depending on how IT technologies are deployed and applied, they could either act as perpetrators of the growth archetypes or emerge as the harbingers of a sustainability era. Yes, growth is too deeply entrenched across all our economic, social and political ecosystems, so larger-than-life forces would be required to shake things up. From such a standpoint, any such changes need to be initiated by none less than the heads of states and institutions. It is no coincidence that the dismantling of the planning commission was done by none other than the prime minister himself.Transformation-oriented ICTThe shift from growth to sustainability requires an all-round transformation – not only in terms of institutional structures and processes but also in terms of the mindsets.As such, it is essential that the IT and communication technologies, employed to achieve the sustainability goals that a government may happen to consider for itself, are chosen with care. It goes without saying that these technologies and paradigms need to scalable, elastic, real-time and contagiously viral so as to bring about a much needed orientation towards the sustainability goals.In this context, cloud computing, big data, social media, et al are some of the new-age models that readily come to mind. For example, cloud models could be used to rapidly push both government-to-government (G2G) and government-to-citizen (G2C) services in a uniform and ubiquitous manner. Big data and analytics could be used to continuously monitor the impact of those G2G and G2C programmes and make necessary refinements – even targeted outreach sub-programmes – seamlessly. Social media channels, along with other digital as well as analogue channels, could be leveraged judiciously to run awareness campaigns, with feedback mechanism interwoven, to ensure that the benefits of the programmes reach the intended groups in a timely fashion. Sustainable ICT is the key The footprints of ICT deployments, if not carried out with a sustainability-first policy, can be deleteriously counterproductive to the extent of being self-defeating. For example, cloud data centres or even the ones that power social media data streams could be gigantic energy guzzlers. Some of the large data centres are known to consume as much power as would be sufficient to run entire cities.It would therefore be important to ensure that the ways and processes in which the ICT technologies are harnessed are designed to be sustainable. For example, if the data centres could be majorly powered by solar or wind energies, that could cut down carbon footprints of these facilities. As a step further, what if these facilities could also produce surplus power that could be routed to grids that power the communities nearby!Renewable energy also offers an exception – it makes it possible to produce a surplus for all and not for a select few, without an environmental trade-off. It should not be an afterthought when it comes to “ICT for sustainability” and instead should become one of the fundamental premises around which the whole architecture is developed.This could actually lead to a change in the very basis on which a state data centre location is decided. The stakeholders could consider building clusters of data centres near deserts where solar and wind power are almost perennially available aplenty.Having said that, why does a state data centre need to be located within the boundaries of a state? It could very well be located in another state where, say, there is no dearth of solar power. The most significant advantage of this would be to rapidly achieve the economies of scale for mega-scale solar power generation and in the process also reduce the dependence of the country as a whole on fossil-fuel powered electricity that accounts for a large chunk of India’s carbon footprint. A simple step like this towards sustainable ICT could help trigger a virtuous cycle of “green” ecosystem development. For instance, a solar-powered energy surplus could make the electric vehicles more dependable and viable, among other various possibilities. Sounds like wishful thinking? Well, from a growth-thinking perspective it does; from a sustainability-thinking standpoint it starts looking possible. Also, to reemphasise, for such sustainability goals to be formed and achieved, a country would need no less than a larger-than-life head of state to be the driver. Kumar is founder analyst at BusinessandMarket.net, a market researcher and strategic adviser with diverse interests. GOVERNANCE NOW